Dir: Wojciech Marczewski
1990 | Poland
88 mins | Cert: CLUB
Wojciech Marczewski’s anti-totalitarian satire is a darkly comic examination of censorship which adapts the premise of Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo to late 1980s Poland. The film centres on a provincial film censor who is horrified to discover that the actors in a trite romantic weepie are refusing to perform their roles. With shades also of Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr. and Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, the film deftly combines political satire, social observation and surreal humour.
Directed by one of Poland’s leading intellectual - and much censored - filmmakers, this multi-award winning feature is a key film of the seismic political changes of 1989, and an enthusiastic manifesto for the freedom of the artist - and ultimately, of all humanity.
"Extremely funny political comedy... Consciously influenced by Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo, it's an absurdist satire on bureaucracy and moral cowardice" Philip French, The Observer
"A rich mixture of dark political satire and poetic allegory" Wally Hammond, Time Out
"An exuberant attack on censorship" Variety
This film will be preceded by a short film 'Good Business' by Ray Sullivan
Good Business is a short and intelligent Sci-Fi filmed on location near Blackhead Lighthouse.